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Keen, David
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Working Paper Series No. 17-187
There is something rather magical in the idea of a 'safe zone' - almost as if by declaring an area to be safe one can make it so. Yet it would be more accurate to suggest that 'safe zones' are extremely fragile and depend for their existence on the complex and shifting goals of in-country actors and international actors. The history of 'safe areas' in Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Sudan shows some of the severe limitations in the 'safety' that has been offered - reflecting the complex agendas of national and international actors who may perpetrate or tolerate large-scale abuse despite - and often under the cover of - an officially declared 'safe area'.
Safe zone
Safe area
Civil war
Humanitarian space
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